Miami Herald is reporting that Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has asked Pope Benedict XVI to intercede in the case of Alan Gross, the U.S. contractor who’s been imprisoned in Cuba for more than two years.
Nelson wrote the pope in advance of the papal visit to Cuba set for March 26 to 28.. The pope is scheduled to meet with Cuban President Raul Castro, and Nelson asked the Pope to intercede with the Cuban government.
“These are especially challenging political and economic times; and, it is my hope that you might be able to bring about a compassionate resolution in this case,” Nelson wrote.
WUSA9.com is reporting that Alan Gross himself has written a letter to the Cuban president to ask permission to travel to see his mother, who has inoperable lung cancer.
Alan Gross has asked President Raul Castro to let him travel to the U.S. for two weeks to visit with his 89-year-old mother Evelyn Gross.
In the letter, Peter J. Kahn, U.S. counsel to Gross, says Evelyn Gross’s “final wish is to be able to see her son once more before her battle with cancer is lost.”
According to Kahn, Rene Gonzalez, one of the so-called “Cuban Five” made a similar request. He is serving his probation in Florida His brother is dying of cancer in Cuba.